Stowaways make 11-day journey from Nigeria to Spain on oil tanker’s rudder

“We are talking about several meters difference. This part could have been perfectly submerged in the water,” Hernández said.

In 2020 14-year-old Nigerian boy was interviewed by Spain’s El País newspaper after surviving two weeks on a ship’s rudder. He He had also left Lagos.

“It’s not the first time nor will it be the last,” tweeted Txema Santana, a journalist and migration advisor to the regional government of the Canary Islands.

According to the Spanish government delegation on the islands, the shipowner is responsible for returning the stowaways safely to their original point of departure in cases like this.

In recent years, thousands of refugees and migrants from North Africa and West Africa have illegally reached the Canary Islands. Many make the risky crossing of the Atlantic on crowded boats, after leaving the coasts of Morocco, Mauritania, Western Sahara, Mauritania, and Senegal.

More than 11,600 people have reached the Spanish islands by boat so far this year, according to figures released by Spain’s Interior Ministry.


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